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Your First Apartment Checklist For Carmel

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You found the perfect place with the optimal floor plan for your first apartment. Now, you completed the lease, packed your bags, and you’re ready to move. However, knowing what you’ll need for your own place can be tricky. What should you think about for your first apartment checklist for Carmel?

Here’s a short list of the essentials that you’ll want to move in. You might be able to bring some of these basic items from your current home, but for other bigger items you might need to visit IKEA or Carmel’s local furniture outlet. Online stores such as Ebay usually carry these items as well. We’ll also give you a quick list of helpful things that can make living on your own more comfortable.

Carmel apartment bedroom 

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These essential household items are ideal for a one-bedroom apartment, as everyone needs a place to put your bed and stash your clothes. If you will lease a larger apartment, these things also work well for a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • Two good pillows

  • Bed sheets

  • Comforter or Bed quilt

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser or armoire

  • Clothes hangers

Additional items:

  • Headboard for your bed

  • Full length or dresser mirror

  • Bedside table and table lamp

  • Collapsible laundry hamper

  • Extra blankets

  • TV

  • Shoe rack

Carmel apartment living room

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Living Room

Whether you refer to it as the living room or the family room, it’s the room where you’ll spend a lot of your time. It’s also the room where you’ll spend time with guests (although all get-togethers wind up in the kitchen).


  • Sofa or a few comfy chairs

  • Additional seating

  • Coffee table

  • TV stand or entertainment center

  • TV

Also nice:

  • Side tables

  • Additional shelving for books, photos, or accessories

  • Accent pillows and napping blankets

  • Large area rug

Carmel apartment kitchen area

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Area

The kitchen is easier to know what you need for a first-time renter because most of your appliances -- such as the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- are already in your apartment. You only really need a place to eat in the dining area, but make sure it seats at least four people. Even if you live by yourself, it’s good to have room for a meal with friends or family.


  • Dining table and chairs (for at least 4 

  • Dishware included plates, glasses, and silverware (4 place settings)

  • Mugs

  • Mixing spoon, can opener, spatula

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A good skillet or frying pan

  • A cookie sheet

  • A sharp chef knife

  • Pot for soup

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or china cabinet for storing extra dishes

  • Coffee maker

  • Salt, pepper, and other spices

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • plastic or glass storage containers

  • Corkscrew, apple corer, and other cooking gadgets

  • A knife set with stand

  • Measuring spoons and measuring cups

  • Food -- It’s always good to move in with a fully-stocked fridge

Carmel apartment bathroom

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom won’t need too much, as the bath tub, toilet, sinks, and mirrors are already there. If you’re stocking a guest bathroom, all you really need is toilet paper, hand soap, and a hand towel. There are only a few essentials needed for your main or master bath but not as many as in your other rooms.


  • Toilet paper

  • Hand soap

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other individual sundries

  • Shampoo

  • Bath and small hand towels

  • Shower liner, shower curtain, and hooks

  • Trash can

Also Nice:

  • Shower mat

  • Wall hooks for bathrobes and towels

  • Cup or toothbrush holder

Carmel apartment cleaning supplies

Carmel First Apartment Checklist: Other Items

Some necessities aren’t just for a single room. Get these needed move-in items for a smooth transition.


  • Cleaning supplies

  • Trash cans for each room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

  • Compact tool set that includes a flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, hammer, and wrench

Also Nice:

  • Wall artwork

  • Desk for your computer

  • Small accessories

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Sweeper or mop

  • Charging and extension cords

  • Patio doormat

  • Duffle bag and towels for the apartment swimming pool and workout center

Move Into Your First Carmel Apartment At Highpointe on Meridian Apartments

Don’t forget, the first item on your first apartment checklist should be signing a lease for your new apartment! Come and visit Highpointe on Meridian Apartments and discover the ideal community for your first place. Call us at (317) 342-0670 or click the Schedule a Tour button and visit us soon!